Co. Cork Wreck List "E"
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Vessel Type:

Type V11C U-Boat

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:12th March 1945Place:Galley Head at '78 rock'
Cause of Loss:Mined Boat Dive from:Baltimore
Charted Depth:44mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 88
Height of Wreck:6mAdmiralty Chart No:2129
Hull Material:SteelLatitude: 51 29 09 North
Type of Seabed:Sand & rocksLongitude: 09 06 14 West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mDiving Experience:Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • Lies in a south south-west direction with a 60' port list and is almost intact.
  • Aft gun is still attached to the stern deck and twin propellors are still there.
  • Conning tower plates have fallen off giving access to the control room.
  • Torpedoes are still visable in the bow tubes.
  • Congers frequent the wreck.
  • Best dived half an hour after local high or low water.
  • Warning! Do not touch live ammunition lying around.
 
Historical Information:
  • A VIIC class, she was commissioned in March 1942 and measured 67.05 x 6.22 x 4.74 metres.
  • She had four bow tubes and one stern tube, plus 1 x 3.7 & 2 x twin 2cm guns.
  • Was suspected of being involved in covert operations at the time of loss.
  • Thought to have struck a mine near an uncharted pinnacle now known as "78 Rock".
  • Secret papers and code books were recovered along with the captain's personal log and are now in the military archives in Dublin.
  • The crew escaped and were interned for the remainder of the war.
  • Her commander was Captain Klaus Bevcker.
 
Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"The U-260"
by
Jerry Smith
"SubSea" magazine Autumn 2000
 
Other Sources:
Aquaventures
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Internet Site (2003)
Co. Cork Wreck List "E"

Last update - 05-Dec-2005

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